A lot happening, but...
...the author did a good job making it all cohesive.
Despicable Character You Love to Hate
Stuart is a criminal and completely deplorable.
Interesting But Rushed
A typical near-first-meeting romance but with a little more involved story with Silas and his step-brother.
I Liked It...
...but the narrative-type writing caused it to drone on at times. Not that it wasn't an interesting story, but a little more dialogue would have certainly broken up the monotony of the narrative.